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Confused about ram !

I have put 4gb of ram in but it only sees 3.5 ?
though i have also installed 512mb dedicated graphics card
the direct x says its using 500 MB or so for the page file though
i cant find the old on board graphics to disable it in device manager since installing graphics card
does any one have any ideas or advice they can give me

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You have to go into the system BIOS to disable the on board graphics.

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214-Dimm Config Warning


Just had same problem. Found a solution:
I have an old HP Compaq dc5000MT. It has 4 RAM slots
Here's what DIDN'T work:
1gb + 1gb + 512mb + 512mb
1gb + 512mb + 512mb + 1gb
512mb + 1gb + 1gb + 512mb
Here's what DID work:
1gb + 512mb + 1gb + 512mb
I'm sure that:
512mb + 1gb + 512mb + 1gb would probably work as well.
From my guess they're are 2 "channels" (slots 1&2 are channel 1, slots 3&4 are channel 2) and you have to keep the amount of RAM balanced on both slots and in the same order.
Another thing to note with the old XP OS. IT ONLY WORKS WITH 3GB or RAM. MAX. So 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 (4gb) WILL NOT WORK... PERIOD for XP. Vista, 7, 8 etc. allows you to use a ton more ram + readyboost. They need all the help they can get though since they are major resource hogs.

Aug 15, 2011 | HP Compaq d530c PC Desktop

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What video card are compatable with SR1620NX ? The graphics card is not working right anymore and I need a compatable video card.


A PCI Express graphics card.

Doesn't matter if the PCI Express graphics card uses the PCI Express 2.0 technology, or the PCI Express 2.1 technology.

The PCI Express graphics card, will insert into the PCI Express x16 expansion slot on the motherboard.


Supporting data;

1) View of the motherboard in an illustration,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00378480&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=1127351

Scroll down the page to view the motherboard illustration.

A) Looking at the illustration, view the BATT. (CMOS Battery)

To the left of the CMOS Battery (BATT) are three white PCI slots.
Above them is a longer expansion slot. This is the PCI Express x16 slot.

Above it is marked > PCIX16X1 (PCI x16 times 1 slot)


NOTE* When installing the PCI Express graphics card, lift up gently on the Lock 'handle'.
It looks as though you should push down on it, but you need to lift up on it instead.


Also go above the motherboard illustration, and read to the right of the heading > Internal Connectors

In the list you will see > One PCI Express x16 graphics slot.


WHEN installing a graphics card, ALWAYS install the software from the CD disk provided, First!

Computer on, and Windows running, insert the graphics card's Installation disk, (CD) into the optical drive tray.
Install the software by following the directions.

THEN shut the computer down normally, and unplug the computer from power.
OBSERVE Anti-Static Precautions.
Install the graphics card.
Close the computer case, and plug the monitor into the graphics card.

Turn the computer on.

When you install a device (Such as a graphics card for example), Windows will try to find compatible drivers.
IF, THE driver is not installed First, Windows will match up one of it's thousands of generic drivers.

This = No.

You want THE driver installed first, so that Windows will find it, and Not try to match on of it's generic drivers.

NOTE 2*
It DOESN'T MATTER what graphics ram memory the graphics card has.
The graphics card's Processor and Ram Memory operates independent of the system resources.

Example:
The computer uses DDR Sdram ram memory.
The graphics card uses GDDR5 graphics ram memory.

It will work just fine.

NOTE 3*
It does NOT matter if your computer uses the PCI Express 1.1 technology, and the graphics card uses the PCI Express 2.0, or 2.1 technology.

PCI Express 2.0, and 2.1 technology is Backward Compatible with PCI Express 1.1 technology.

Will you get the full capability of the PCI Express 2.0, or 2.1 graphics card?
NO

Will you notice?
NO


What you need to look at it, is how much power will the graphics card use. Look at the system requirements for the graphics card, and be sure your Power Supply has enough power for that graphics card.

Also, IF, the graphics card requires additional power cables from the Power Supply, make sure your Power Supply has the required power cable, or power cables.
IF the Power Supply does not, use a power adapter cable.


NOTE 4*
Graphics card manufacturer's base the power needed for the graphics card, Not just on the graphics card itself, but on an entire computer system, AND the graphics card.

The graphics card manufacturers use a test computer system, that is a powerful computer system.
Gamer motherboard, Dual Core, or Quad Core processor, 4GB of ram memory, and at least two harddrives, and two optical drives, PLUS the graphics card in question.

This complete computer system uses a LOT more power than just the graphics card by itself.

There isn't a single graphics card out there, that uses more than 150 Watts by itself.

Recommendations for a graphics card that is compatible, with a Compaq Presario SR1620nx desktop computer?

Budget to medium:
Good enough to watch videos, older games, and some newer games.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4675217&CatId=3670

Medium:
Higher level games, and large screen monitors,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6642574&CatId=3669

For questions post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Dec 18, 2010 | HP Compaq Presario SR1620NX...

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I have a mobo C51PVGM-GB that I would like to upgrade the video card and not use the one built into the Mobo.


You are upgrading the graphics.
Instead of using Integrated Graphics, you will be using a dedicated graphics card.

Integrated Graphics is also referred to as OnBoard Graphics.
On the motherBoard.

The GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is soldered to the motherboard.

It is not a video (Graphics) card.

A dedicated graphics adapter card has it's own GPU, and graphics ram memory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPU

Information on the Gateway 4006136R - Nvidia GeForce 6150 AM2 uBTX 1394 motherboard,

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006136R/4006136Rnv.shtml

Viewing this small photo of the motherboard, the Orange long slot you see is a PCI Express x16 slot.

1) The Northbridge chip is a C51PVG
2) The Southbridge chip is an MCP51

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_6_Series#GeForce_6100_and_6150_series

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

(CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. Another name is Microprocessor, or simply Processor for short)

3) Made by ECS
4) Has an AM2 processor socket on the motherboard, for AMD processors.

Continued in an additional Comment.

Jun 12, 2010 | Gateway GT5220 PC Desktop

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Can I put a new prossesor graphic card and more memory on 420gr to make and editing dvdsor just buy a newer one


yes you can upgrade no problem get another CPU and the Graphic card, also install at least 4GB RAM, you'll be good to go.

Mar 19, 2010 | Gateway 420GR PC Desktop

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My 2gb ram stick died, so I tried upgrade to 4gb


Most appreciated naturalgal66.
Perhaps you would like more information, to put together some of the information I stated in the Clarifications.

This is a motherboard block diagram,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

This relates to the motherboard model you have. Motherboards used for the Intel Core i7 are of a different design, and technology.

CPU as you know stands for Central Processing Unit, or for short - Processor.

The Processor 'communicates' through the Front Side Bus, (FSB), to the Northbridge chip. (Think of the FSB as a 'Data Highway'. Communication goes back, and forth)

The Northbridge chip handles the Ram Memory, and the high speed graphics card slot. (If used on a particular motherboard) Since it handles a high speed graphics card slot, it only handles PCI-Express or AGP.
Not PCI.

The Northbridge chip communicates through the Internal Bus to the Southbridge chip.

The Southbridge chip handles the slower capabilities of the motherboard.
Some examples are:
1) PCI, and PCIe.
(PCIe is PCI Express. It is PCI Express, but relates to the slower PCI Express x1. Not the faster PCI Express x16 used for graphics)

2) Onboard Audio

3) SATA, LAN, and USB ports

4) Ethernet
And other devices.

As you can see the Southbridge chip controls the Onboard graphics, (Integrated graphics) through a PCI bus.
It also controls anything that is installed in a PCI slot.

If you have time someday, you may want to look up some of the hardware, and technology used in a personal computer.
A lot of information can be found on Wikipedia.
You may want to type in Wikipedia's search box,

1) Northbridge (computing)
2) Southbridge (computing)
3) Front Side Bus
4) Sdram, (This page will start you with SDR Sdram. Single Data Rate Sdram. Links are also listed in blue for info on DDR Sdram, DDR2 Sdram, DDR3 Sdram, and includes the new technology coming, DDR4 Sdram)
5) Harddrive
6) Integrated Drive Electronics, (IDE)
7) SATA
8) RAID
9) Comparison of Nvidia chipsets (Also Comparison of Nvidia graphics processing units
10) Comparison of AMD chipsets (Also Comparison of AMD graphics processing units, and also to include Comparison of ATI graphics processing units.
11) GPU
12) Clock generator (Did you know that a quartz crystal, is used as an oscillator for a Processor?)

Anything you see in blue is a link to more information about it.

{Interested in knowing what's inside a Harddrive, or do you already know?

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/hard-disk.htm

Jan 15, 2010 | HP Pavilion a6600f Desktop PC

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No problem want to upgrade


There are lots of possibilities Rob. Endless, I would say. Looking at your specs you could spend up to $400 or $500 depending on what you want.

RAM - $50 to max out @ 4GB
Graphics - $100 to $200 for a good PCI-Express card w/512MB
Sound - $50 to $100 for a good 7.1 card
CPU - $100 for a Pentium Dual Core 2.7GHz with 800MHz FSB

These prices are from www.tigerdirect.com which would be a good place to start.

One thing to consider is the price of a new computer compared with an upgrade. Sometimes you are better off just getting a new one. Again, it depends on what you want...and can afford.

Good luck and thanks for using Fixya.

Mar 26, 2009 | Acer Aspire 2100 (91.AB675.D02) PC Desktop

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"Call of Duty" runs in slow motion on my PC.


Hi thomas,

Upgrading video cards will definitely increase in performance. You asked whether you should upgrade your entire PC or just the card and that really depends on the hardware you are running. If all of your hardware just barely meets the requirements than upgrading the videocard WILL give you a noticeable improvement but obviously it will not be as good as getting a better CPU and more RAM as well as a new card.

A good measure of a cards performance is based on the series of cards it is from. Your Geforce is from the 6000 series of Nvidia cards, they have 7000, 8000, and even 9000 series cards atm.

I would recommend something like an XFX Geforce 9800 GTX+ series card with 512MB of onboard memory, or any other competing card in the 200$ price range. This will definitely give you an increase in performance, and is a very popular card.

Hope this helps and please take a second to rate!

Mar 20, 2009 | HP Pavilion a1610n PC Desktop

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Upgrade graphic card


Your RAM is expandable to 4GB. 400-MHz and 533-MHz DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM is your type.
For your graphics card, you may use either a PCI slot or PCIeX slot. You'll get the best performance if you use the PCUeXpress slot.Price would be determined by the vendor from which you purchase it. Installation is as simple as installing the drivers from the CD that comes with it and pushing the card into the slot after you have turned off the PC and removed the cover. Instructions for that can be found at
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim5100/en/sm/index.htm
I use nVidia cards myself and find them reliable and easy to configure. Let me know if you have any other questions. Please rate my answer.

Jan 09, 2009 | Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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More ram and vdeo card


it sounds as if your MoBo is seeing the video adapter as a source of ram. if that is the case, then installing memory in units of 1Gb will cause a stick to not be seen, therefore utilized. you may want to refer to you manual for memory limits and poosible comparibility issues. they are usually quite in depth. also, make sure that they are all the same make model and speed. these issues have wreaked havoc on the prettiest of pc's.

Nov 28, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Weird (?) RAM problems (screenshot included)


First of all, make sure the ram are identical, becuase having 3 different random access memory chips in the computer can cause problems. Also make sure the ram chip is sitting in there properly. Next you should check under start go to run and type in "dxdiag".See how much memory it reports the computer has. If it reports 700etc mb,, then the one memory chip might be faulty. Also, check with the system manufacturuer, and make sure you're not overclocking the computer. Overclocking is when you put too much memory in a computer and it doesnt recognize one of the chips. 700etc mb might be the maximum your computer can handle.

Jul 17, 2008 | PC Desktops

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